It has been a while since the last update - and I felt it time to give an update as to how things are proceeding. I have shipped over 200 hundred orders since December. I still have about 500 orders to go. I remain out of funds for shipping, and most of the backers that received their orders had paid to do so. As mentioned previously, I am still selling extra mats online; any money made is used to ship other orders. I shipped around 40 orders thanks to other backer's generosity. Thank you. I am spending about $300-$400 out of pocket a month to ship orders on top of the storage fees that is all I can swing right now. This means I am shipping between 35-45 orders per month.
As most of you know, and has been mentioned many times: the GripMats I have now are not perfect. They have streaks, and though grippy, not as grippy as I would like. I have been continuing to seek a solution to these issues. I have been working with several companies attempting to develop a solution to rectify these issues. At this time, I can say that a possible solution does exist, and that sample material has been provided. Testing is underway. IF this works - then I will figure out how to get the remaining mats re-coated. I am not holding any orders pending this possibility. Right now I have not seen anything that gives me certainty, only hope that this may work.
I still want to get GripMats into distribution. I can not do this with the product I have right now. IF this works, it will resolve the grip and the streak issue as well. I will provide an update on this as it proceeds... and we will look at options for the remaining mats I have in hand.
As for when this may happen - the testing is in process now, I suspect the development will be a couple of weeks still before I get a firm response from this manufacturer. I will do an update once I know what is happening with this.
If you choose to pay for shipping - I will ship your order out within a week of receiving payment. If you choose to wait - hopefully this effort will reduce the waiting list. I am also offering consolidated shipment to International backers.
Canada, Australia, Norway, Singapore & EU
You will be given the option to pay for shipping to get your mats shipped out ASAP. The more backers that agree to go along with shipping - the less expensive it will be for all. I will email an estimate to each backer, and ask if you are interested to join in on the group shipping. I also will be looking for individuals to receive the mats, and forward them onward in the smaller markets of Norway and Singapore.
Canada I will drive to Canada Post myself.
Australia and EU I have a distribution partner to assist.
Norway and Singapore I will need a volunteer to step forward: email me at email@example.com 4 backers in Singapore, 7 in Norway
I wanted to mention again that I am thankful for your support. I have met many of you or received notes of support and gratitude, and even amazing stories of GripMats making gaming better. I appreciate the opportunity to bring this unique product to you and your friends and families.
As mentioned in every update, please contact me through firstname.lastname@example.org. I do not read or respond to comments, I do not see messages through KS but on a rare occasion. I DO respond to emails at email@example.com daily.
Questions? Address change? Pay for shipping? Order a Mat? email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I will be in touch,
Break From Reality Games